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This Hashbrown Casserole Recipe is a cheesy potato side dish that comes together easily! Delicious for breakfast or a side dish!

I have to admit I’m in love with this cheesy Hashbrown Casserole. I mean, what’s not to love?! Cheesy deliciousness, hashbrowns, and this creamy sauce make for one perfect dish. Think loaded baked potatoes meets creamy, crunchy hashbrown potatoes! It comes together so quickly and is super easy to make.

It makes the perfect easy side dish for serving for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and Sunday suppers and a delicious breakfast casserole for brunch, too!

Hashbrown Casserole Recipe - A cheesy potato side dish that comes together in a snap! Perfect to serve when entertaining and a staple on the holiday table! //

Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

While we always serve our family favorite mashed potatoes at holidays, we also serve this right alongside it. I love to see that (like me), most people get a little bit of both! It works perfectly as a side dish with chicken, beef, turkey and ham! It is also so yummy alongside our green bean casseroleMac and cheesecornbread dressing, and deviled eggs!

Many of you have eaten a version of this at some point. If not at a family meal or pot luck, maybe at a restaurant like Cracker Barrel and the famous Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole. It is definitely a timeless classic that everybody loves and this is as close of a copycat recipe that I think you’ll love. 

I love that this hashbrown casserole recipe comes together with less than 10 ingredients, can be mixed together and stored in the refrigerator ahead of time to make entertaining even easier, and is always a crowd favorite! Talk about easy comfort food!

Hashbrown Casserole Recipe - A cheesy potato side dish that comes together in a snap! Perfect to serve when entertaining and a staple on the holiday table! //

How to Make Hashbrown Casserole

To make this recipe, you’ll need a few simple ingredients:

  • Frozen Diced or Shredded Potatoes – You can use either diced potatoes or frozen shredded Hashbrown potatoes. 
  • Cheddar Cheese – I love to shred the cheese directly from the block since some shredded cheeses are coated with ingredients to prevent them from sticking. 
  • Cream of Chicken Soup – I love to use my easy homemade recipe, but you can use store-bought if you prefer. You can also substitute with cream of mushroom soup, if you prefer it as well. 
  • Sour Cream – it adds so much flavor and creaminess to this casserole. 
  • Butter – melted butter is mixed into this casserole.
  • Green Onions – it adds color, crunch and flavor to the casserole. You can omit if you prefer. If you omit the onions, I love to add a few tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley for color.
  • Stone House Seasoning – my favorite house seasoning that I use in so many dishes. If you don’t have it already on hand, I highly recommend it. You can also use 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, ½ teaspoon of black pepper, and ½ teaspoon of garlic powder.

Step by Step Instructions

Mix. Add all of the ingredients, saving a little bit of cheese to sprinkle on top during baking, to a large bowl and stir it well until all of the ingredients are combined. Then, I spread it into a 9×13 baking dish and refrigerate up to 3 days before baking.

Bake. Then, when I’m ready to bake, I preheat the oven and bake it until the potatoes are fork tender, about 30 minutes and add the remaining cheese.

Serve. Once the cheese melts, this deliciousness is ready for serving!  

Can You Make Hashbrown Casserole Ahead of Time?

Yes! This is perfect for serving at holiday gatherings or weekend brunch because it’s so easy to make ahead! Simply prepare it without baking it, cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days. When ready to serve, bake as directed, serve and enjoy.

Can You Freeze Hashbrown Casserole?

You can freeze this for later too! Just prepare the potato casserole without baking, store in an airtight, freezer-safe container and keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. To serve, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then bake as directed and serve.

Can You Make this as Funeral Potatoes?

Absolutely! This recipe is very similar to the recipe for funeral potatoes, which you may know got its name since it is regularly served at many funeral luncheons. To turn this easy hash brown casserole into funeral potatoes, you simply add a topping! I’ve listed a few topping options below. 

  • Corn Flakes – many people use buttered corn flakes as the topping. 
  • Ritz Crackers – when I make it, I prefer to use Ritz Crackers for the topping like I do for my squash casserole
  • Panko – you can also use Panko crumbs for the crispy topping. 

For the topping, you’ll need 2-3 cups of your choice of corn flakes, crackers or Panko along with ½ cup melted butter. Stir these together until well coated and then spread onto the top of the casserole and bake as directed!

Can You Make This As a Main Dish?

Yes! To make this recipe as a main dish, you may want to add a protein – like cooked ground beef. Simply add 1 pound of browned ground beef and mix with the other ingredients until well blended. Pour into the casserole dish and bake as directed. 

What Else Can You Add to this Recipe to Make it a Hearty Breakfast Casserole?

We love it as is for a side dish for a large brunch at the holidays. But, you can also add cooked and drained breakfast sausage to this dish to take it to a hearty main dish.  

Hashbrown Casserole Recipe - A cheesy potato side dish that comes together in a snap! Perfect to serve when entertaining and a staple on the holiday table! //

Here’s my Hashbrown Casserole Recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!

5 from 13 votes

Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

Side Dish 40 mins

Hashbrown Casserole Recipe - A cheesy potato side dish that comes together in a snap! Perfect to serve when entertaining and a staple on the holiday table! //
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Servings 12
Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Hashbrown Casserole Recipe – A cheesy potato side dish that comes together in a snap! Perfect to serve when entertaining and a staple on the holiday table!


  • 2 pounds frozen diced or frozen shredded potatoes
  • 3 cups cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 1/2 cups homemade cream of chicken soup or 1 (10-ounce) can, storebought
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 6 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 bunch green onions sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Stone House Seasoning

Optional Toppings:

  • 2 – 3 cups Corn Flakes, Ritz Crackers or Panko
  • 1/2 cup melted butter


  • Preheat the oven to 400º F. Lightly butter a 9×13 baking dish or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Stir together the diced potatoes, half of the cheddar cheese, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, melted butter, onion, salt, pepper, and garlic in a large mixing bowl. Spread into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake until the potatoes are fork tender, about 30 minutes and then top the hashbrown casserole with the remaining cheddar cheese. Return the hashbrown casserole to the oven until the cheese has melted.
  • Serve warm.

For the Optional Topping:

  • Stir together the the Corn Flakes, Ritz Cracker, or Panko with the melted butter until well coated. Spread on top of the casserole and bake as directed.



Make Ahead:
Prepare hashbrown casserole without baking, cover tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To serve, bake as directed and serve. 
Freezer Friendly:
Prepare hashbrown casserole without baking, store in an airtight, freezer-safe container in the freezer for up to 3 months. To serve, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then bake as directed and serve. 

Nutritional Information

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 466mg | Potassium: 302mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 715IU | Vitamin C: 6.9mg | Calcium: 257mg | Iron: 1mg

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    1. You can leave them out if you wish. My sister doesn’t eat onions and it’s still delicious. Thanks!

  1. 5 stars
    I have had this dish with the crunched up cornflake topping also. Once I stirred half a package of the tiny 1/4″ diced ham in half of the dish before baking (after draining and patting packaging juices off first). Voila! Ham and potato casserole for my carnivore friends!

    1. It depends on the casserole, but my family always loves cheddar! It works great in quiches, breakfast casseroles, enchiladas, and so many more.

  2. 5 stars
    OMG! I make this every year it has been in our family for many many years…my mom made it! Love it and the guys especially do! Can make ahead so it makes life easier! Merry Christmas!

    1. Make this all the time, I use cream of mushroom soup, Campbells of course, it is delicious for sure..thanks for sharing

    1. 5 stars
      I think the package of ore ida frozen hash browns is 1 lb or maybe 2lbs. Just check the label… so easy….

  3. I just made this last night! It is my families favorite casserole. I had some leftover ham so added that in with some green beans. I don’t follow a recipe, just whatever I feel like throwing in. So Yummy!

  4. I will be making this recipe. I will modify it by adding a generous amount of Hatch green chilies. We like spicy food.

  5. 5 stars
    This was a great dish. I did make it a few hours ahead and took it to my mother-in-law’s to cook for dinner. Unfortunately, I forgot to take the foil off before I baked it, but it was still very good. My MIL said it was a keeper. I can’t wait to make it again without the foil so it browns on top. Thanks Robyn for another great recipe.

  6. I absolutely love this casserole! As previously mentioned, I will add a ham steak diced or sausage chopped to make it a complete meal served with garlic bread and raw vegetables!  It’s been a family favourite for years!!

    1. Hi Gina,
      I have not found that freezing causes these changes. Just follow my Freezer Friendly tips and your casserole should be fine. Hope you enjoy!

  7. Since the hash browns are frozen, does it mess anything up if it is refrigerated the day before and then cooked?

    1. Hi Brooke,
      You can either make this ahead, refrigerate for up to 3 days, and then bake. Still tastes great. Or you can make it ahead, freeze it and then bake it according to step 3 in the instructions. Enjoy!

  8. I just discovered your website and I am making my Thanksgiving menu from your recipes! When I have made this dish in the past from similar recipes, I feel like my potatoes are a bit too firm after the dish is cooked. I am assuming your recipe adds the potatoes while still frozen?
    Thank you!

    1. Welcome to Add a Pinch, Cindy! I do add these potatoes frozen. As I state in my instructions, make sure your potatoes are fork tender before adding the remaining cheddar cheese. You may also be interested in some of my Make Ahead Thanksgiving tips.

    1. 5 stars
      WOW. I was searching for the ultimate hash brown casserole recipe to make for Christmas breakfast and I liked that this one includes green onions. It was delicious, and a huge hit with all my guests. The only change I made was the addition of some crushed crackers over the top when I added the cheese towards the end of the baking time. Because: who doesn’t love a little crunch with their casserole? I’ll definitely make this again.

  9. Re: Hash Brown Casserole
    Hi Robyn, do I need to thaw my southern style hash browns before mixing the ingredients in? I saw that you could make this, refrigerate and bake the next day. I just don’t want to wake up to have water from the thawed potatoes in the bottom of the 9 x 13 baking dish. Suggestions welcome!

  10. I make this a lot but never as a weeknight meal because it takes an hour to cook when hashbrowns are frozen. I was searching to find out if I can make it ahead and found your page!!! Thank you for the make ahead info!!!!!!

    1. Cheryl, this casserole should be done in about 30 minutes using the frozen potatoes. Of course, this is a great make ahead dish, too. Hope you enjoy!

  11. I was wondering if someone could come up with a dairy free cream of chicken,….. soup? There are many people like myself that are unable to have cow’s milk.

    Thank you,


  12. 5 stars
    This is awesome! I have a spice blend that I like to use too that has garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper – any seasoning you like will work well in this casserole.

  13. 5 stars
    Excellent! Followed recipe exactly and turned out delicious. Used 2 smaller disposable foil pans. One we ate tonight and froze the second, however, I don’t think it will stay in freezer long!! Thank you for such an easy and delicious recipe. Will certainly be a keeper!

  14. 5 stars
    We have an office breakfast in a couple of weeks and this will be what I bring! Sounds delicious! Thanks for another great recipe!

    1. I don’t have a holiday cookbook, Kathy. You might like my Make Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes and Meal Plan that gives information and links to several of the recipes my family loves during the holidays. Also, you can click on Celebrations at the top right of the site page, then search for the holiday such as Christmas. A list of links to my recipes for that holiday will appear. I hope this helps.

    1. I have never tried this casserole with dried fried onions, Sarah. Let me know how it was if you try it with them.

  15. I would like to make this we are camping,but no oven, could I make this ahead of time freeze, and cook in the microwave ????

    1. Lizzy, I haven’t cooked this casserole in the microwave but you should be able to with no problem.